Congressman Bergman Votes to Support American Troops, Defense Priorities at Home and Abroad

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Washington, July 14, 2017 | Amelia Burns (202-309-4654) | comments

Washington – Today, Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI) voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

“This bill fulfills Congress’s Constitutional duty to provide for our common defense. More than that, the NDAA allows us to supply and train our troops, to set a strong national security policy in a dangerous world, and to properly care for our troops and their families. After serving in the Marines for over 40 years, I know firsthand the importance of investing in our national security and supporting our men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Bergman, a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Marine Corps and current representative to Michigan’s First District.

The NDAA passed today with a bipartisan vote of 344-81, authorizing critical defense funding, including:

  • A 2.4% pay raise for the troops, ensuring our service members and their families receive the benefits they deserve;
  • Resources necessary to support our fight against hostile action from North Korea and Russia, combat the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, and fulfill our mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria;
  • Reforms to the Pentagon’s acquisition process that streamline bureaucratic red tape; and
  • Resources to rebuild critical systems needed to support our warfighters, such as:
  • 87 F-35s, 22 F/A-18s, 3 Littoral Combat Ships, 3 destroyers, 86 Abrams Tank upgrades, and 93 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

“I am proud to join my colleagues in the House in passing this bipartisan legislation to reverse years of dangerous cuts to our nation’s defense priorities. This is Congress’s opportunity to reform and rebuild our military in an age of uncertainty at home and abroad. This is a resources and readiness issue—Congress must give our military the resources it needs to be ready for everchanging threats worldwide.”


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